To date, Driscoll Cares has collected and distributed over 25,000 books.  

Driscoll Cares has been working with students and community leaders throughout Connecticut promoting its Literacy Awareness Project. Driscoll Cares is pleased to report we are on target to have 100,000 books collected and distributed by the end of 2020. In addition Driscoll Cares has been working with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) and is confident it will exceed its 100,000 book goal. Driscoll Cares will replicate its Literacy Project rooted in Connecticut throughout the United States.

Words are the key to so many things. They are how we make sense of the world around us. Through words, we can pursue life-changing opportunities and stand up for the rights of others to do the same. Unfortunately many children never see a book, or learn how to read, until they enter formal education. This is a huge disadvantage to this growing segment of our population. An inability to access learning through literacy makes people more likely to experience poverty and suffer social and economic hardship.

The Driscoll Cares’ Literacy Project is a drive to get 100,000 children’s books into the hands of those children most in need.  These books will be distributed to Children’s Hospitals, as well as established literacy organizations throughout the state of Connecticut.

Collecting 100,000 books seems like an impossible task to most. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Driscoll Cares has the power of Connecticut’s youth, which is a tremendous, positive force capable of achieving this goal. Driscoll Cares’ goal is to have individual schools play a role in making this large goal of 100,000 books a reality, initiated through each school’s National Honors Society and/or Student Council as follows:

  1. Obtain permission from school Principal.
  2. Interact with National Honor Society/Student Council advisor(s).
  3. Meet with Honor Society/Student Council – assemble a project leadership committee.
  4. Assign roles such as:
    • Book collector
    • Book counter
    • Speakers to middle-school kids
    • Marketing
    • Technical support
  5. Create competition between classes (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)
    • Winning class gets a trophy prize.
    • Person who collects the most books receives a certificate and gift card from a local sponsor.
    • Bring Project to National Junior Honor Societies for Middle School Participation.


As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Driscoll Cares can allot community service hours.  In order to receive community service hours, each student must submit a document which includes all of the following:

  • Name, grade, school, email address
  • Number of children’s books donated (including title of books)
  • A list of people spoken with regarding literacy (including email addresses)
  • Write up about what you learned during the entire process
Hours Requirements
1 6 books collected
1 For promoting literacy with 6 people
1 In depth write up of your experience